Sunday, October 01, 2006

Mr. Angel Retires

The Angels have had no shortage of star players during their history, but Tim Salmon is the only one the fans could call their own. He was our Angel.

Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan, Don Baylor, and Bobby Grich all came from some place else. Wally Joyner, Chuck Finley and Jim Fregosi went to other ports during their playing days.

But not Timmy.

Salmon was the only one who started, finished and played his entire professional career with the Angels. For that, he will always be Mr. Angel. Salmon will never be in Cooperstown. He was never the flashiest player. Heck, he never even made it to an All-Star game thanks to a knack for slow starts out of the gate. But he was our own. He will always be our Angel.

Thanks for the memories (and our first professional interview).

7 comments:

Diane said...

He's always come across as a class act . . .

Anonymous said...

Nice post, you fruit.

insomniac said...

I thought Salmon played for three teams: the California Angels, the Anaheim Angels, and the Los Angeles Angels?

And no mention of Rod Carew for part-time Angels lore?

NFL Adam said...

Who?

DocMalk said...

LOLs for insomniac.

Uh, what about the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Azusa and Cucamonga)?

Hmmm...I never thought about that. Salmon did stay with the Halos his entire career. I'll keep that in my memory, stored away until it comes up in some random sports trivia question.

Anonymous said...

Haha, "The Hater" calling Tim Salmon his angel? ROLF

Anonymous said...

A's Rock